Bias Education & Response Team
Educational Programming and Events
Examples of Past & Ongoing Bias Education Initiatives
- Recognizing and Reporting Bias: A training that introduces CAs, HAMs, and RAs to Dickinson’s definition of bias, techniques for addressing bias, and the Bias Education and Response Team (BERT).
- "Speak Up" Poster: This serves to educate Dickinsonians about examples of discriminatory statements and behavior, what constitutes bias (and how it can be reported), and resources for promoting equity, inclusivity, and belonging at Dickinson.
- Costumes & Cultural Appropriation FAS Workshop: It seems that every year around Halloween, colleges across the country (including Dickinson) are negotiating incidents related to students’ costume choices. Landis House invited all members of the faculty, staff, and administration to attend this training to learn how to more proactively assist students in avoiding potentially offensive or insensitive costumes. This workshop was facilitated by the Landis House Directors. Cosponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Excellence and Inclusivity; Provost's Office; Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice; Office of LGBTQ Services; Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity; and the Women’s & Gender Resource Center.
- A Safe Space “Pop-Up” Booth on the HUB first floor inviting all community members to enter the booth and share what ingredients constitute a safe (or safer) space? We also provided information and resources on the concept of safe space historically, and resources for allyship. 30+ participants shared their responses.
- Campus Inclusion Week -- Occurs every September on Britton Plaza
- Goals of the week include awareness-raising, community-building, and inspiring the entire Dickinson community to commit to making Dickinson more inclusive through seeking educational material, supporting campus programs, participating in training opportunities, and learning more about campus inclusion resources
- Co-sponsors have included: The Office of the Vice President for Institutional Excellence and Inclusivity; Provost's Office; Wellness Center, Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice; Office of LGBTQ Services; Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity; Women’s & Gender Resource Center, Access and Disability Services, Human Resource Services, Center for Global Studies and Education, Waidner-Spahr Library, the Student-Athletes Advisory Council, and others.
- Highlights have included...
- Distribution of What Can I Do? Ideas for Allies Guide, encouraging community members to sign the Campus Inclusion Week Pledge, and a guide for campus advocacy
- Over 100 posters depicting famous people and students with disabilities and activities designed to promote an understanding of the experiences of students with disabilities, including those with autism, ADHD, mental health, physical impairments, and learning disabilities
- Activities designed by international students to raise awareness about the vast array of backgrounds and cultures among Dickinsonians.
- Having AAUW (the American Association of University Women), College Republicans and College Democrats close out the week with a civic-action-oriented Student Advocacy Day.